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New resorts opening in the Maldives 2021

Despite the global uncertainties, there have still been hotels and resorts opening for the first time this year.


Due to the pandemic, many planned launches have unfortunately been postponed, no more so than in the Maldives. Some resorts have suffered huge delays intensified by trying to build in a remote destination during a global pandemic and border closures have also had an obvious impact too. But, despite this, there are a number of Maldivian resorts that have already opened in 2021 as well as others set to open their doors for the first time later in the year.


From the resorts that have already opened or are set to open, it's pretty evident that the ultra-luxury resort developments prevail. High profile international luxury hotel brands are really making their mark here. Not all resorts are being created from existing or uninhabited islands, there is an increasing number of resorts opening on artificially created islands.


Hotels and resorts in the Maldives opening in 2021.

We have researched each island to give a snapshot of the key resort highlights, villa and dining options.

Of all the openings, as we previously implied, the majority are ultra-luxury. The only exception of a simple resort is the opening of Cocogiri.

Here is a list of the new Maldives islands opening in 2021.

Rumoured to be opening are these resorts too:

Siyam World

Siyam World opens at the end of October. This large island has a 6km house reef and a phenomenal 4km of sandy beaches (yep, it's a big old island!). I suspect this will be a great choice for families especially as Siyam World is home to Siyam World Water Park: South East Asia's biggest floating water park. This resort provides 24-7 premium all-inclusive.

Siyam World is part of the collection of resorts that include Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, Sun Siyam Olhuveli and Sun Siyam Iru Veli

Where: Noonu Atoll - 45 minutes by seaplane

Best for: couples & families

Opening: 28th October 2021


Rooms: 21 room categories that include:

- Beach villas - 6 categories all with private pool and 2 and 3 bedroom options available

- Beach House Collection - 7 categories that include 3 bed and 4 bed residences

- Water Villas - 8 categories some with a pool and slide


Dining: 8 restaurants that include:

- Tempo for casual dining, global buffet cuisine and live cooking stations

- Baraabaru for international buffets and round-the-world dining

- Salutte offers Italisn fine dining

- Pure provides gourmet vegetarian and vegan cuisine

- Tamarind is ideal if you enjoy Indian fine dining

- Wahoo Grill is for seafood and also the 'catch of the day'

- Fresh is a relatively new concept for the Maldives, offering raw fine dining that is gluten, organic and nut free

- Barrique is the island's signature restaurant which has an underground cellar


More info: Find out even more about Siyam World

Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa

This is a landmark first for the Le Meridien brand in the Maldives. They have chosen the popular Lhaviyani Atoll in the north which is also home to Atmosphere Kanifushi, Kuredu, Hurawalhi, Cocoon Maldives, Palm Beach, Fushifaru ... and others.

The resort is set in 22 acres and will be a great option for families with a Kids Club and dedicated kids pool. Adults can relax in the spa after a day of diving or snorkelling.


Where: Lhaviyani Atoll, Thilamaafushi Island - 35 minutes by seaplane

Best for: couples & families

Opening: 1st September 2021


Rooms: 5 room categories

- Beach Bungalow with lagoon access and private pool

- Beach Villa with beach front access and some with private pool

- Sunrise Overwater Villa

- Sunset Overwater Villa

- Lagoon Villa


Dining: 6 restaurants that include:

- Turquoise is the main buffet with international flavours

- Tabemasu is Japanese in style and flavour

- Waves Cafe offers wholesome, organic and sustainably sourced food

- Velaa Bar & Grill

- Riviera is a seafood, adults-only restaurant

- Latitude Coffee House is a great place to get your caffeine fix and deli light bites


More information: If this sounds like the sort of place for you, then you'll find more info here

Cora Cora Maldives

Now here's a first - this resort is the first in the Maldives to showcase a licensed art gallery. As well as that there's a dive and watersports centre and yoga pavilion. For entertainment, there is a kids club and an outdoor cinema to while away the evenings.

Where: Raa Atoll

45 minutes by seaplane or 30 minutes domestic flight & 20 minute speedboat transfer

Best for: couples & families

Opening: 1st October 2021


Rooms: over 100 villas

- Beach Bungalow and over-water villas

- Family Beach Villa

- Duplex Lagoon Pool Villa


Dining: 4 restaurants that include:

- Ginger Moon for Asian dining

- Tazaa offers all-day dining and buffet

- Acquapazza serves Italian a la carte dishes

- Teien is Japanese, Teppanyaki, Sushi


More information: There's a pre-opening factsheet here

Coco Giri Island Resort

This is a small island and as such has a simple and rustic theme. Having said that, there is a spa to enjoy a rejuvenating jet-lag recovery massage. Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts will be right at home as the images of the resort show a fantastic house reef.

Where: Vaavu Atoll

18 minutes by seaplane or 60 minute speedboat transfer

Best for: couples

Opened: March 2021


Rooms: 40 villas

- 20 Beach villas

- 20 Over-water villas some with a larger deck and pool


Dining: It's a small island so there is only 1 bar and 1 restaurant


More information: www.cocogiri.com

Avani Fares Resort

This is Avani's first opening in the Maldives with many of the chain's hotels located in Thailand. Avani Fares describes itself as being suitable for "millennial minded travellers" and promises contemporary charm. But at time of writing, there wasn't much more information, or photographs to go on.

It is however, located near to the Ahivahfushi Beyru dive site which offers an underwater extravaganza for divers to see an abundance of sealife.

Where: Fares Island, Baa Atoll

45 minute seaplane from Male or 30 minute boat transfer from Baa Atoll's new domestic airport

Best for: couples and families

Opening: 2021 - date to be confirmed


Rooms: 200 guest rooms including standard rooms and selection of villas.


Dining: All-day restaurant (likely to be buffet and live cooking stations), a speciality restaurant (cuisine to be confirmed), a 'Designer Deli', spa and kid's club.


More information: www.avanihotels.com/en/fares-maldives

Fari Islands - Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Patina Maldives and Capella Maldvies

Fari Islands is a mega development of artificial islands. These 4 man-made islands will eventually host 3 luxury resorts and community amenities.

The three resorts are all super high-end luxury: Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Patina Maldives and Capella Maldives. There have been some delays to the island's opening because of the pandemic but The Ritz-Carlton and Patina opened earlier this year. The official opening of Capella is still to be confirmed but could be anytime up to 2023. Complimentary boat transportation is offered around the 3 resorts.


Patina Maldives


Where: North Male Atoll

45 minute speedboat transfer from Male international airport

Best for: couples and families

Opened: May 2021


Rooms: 90 villas and 20 studios

Selection of one-bed or two-bed Beach and Water villas some with pool and some with sunset vistas.


Dining: 12 dining concepts are available, including two which are managed by the Ritz Carlton (more details on that hotel are below).


Roots - for plant-based meal experiences

Kōen - Japanese and Nordic cuisine

Brasa - serves rustic grilled meat dishes originating from South America

Wok Society - the place to go for soulful Asian creations and craft beers

Helios - for Aegean Kitchen

Farine - a bakery and cafe

Go Go Burger - a funky food truck that serves up world-class burgers

Tuk Tuk Gelato - a caravan of childhood dreams in ice-cream form

Veli Bar - offers poolside cocktails and light bites

Fari Beach Club - the home of multi Michelin star chef Nick Bril

Arabesque - for Lebanese and Indian traditions (managed by the Ritz Carlton)

Tum Tum - an Asian food trailer (managed by the Ritz Carlton)


Resort highlights:

Evening cocktails and canapes, laundry service and a welcome bottle of champagne are just some of the exceptional perks to this resort which describes itself as providing 'sustainable luxury'. This resort is great for families as there is a kids club, gym and family villas.


More information: https://patinahotels.com/maldives-fari-islands/


Ritz Carlton Maldives


Where: North Male Atoll

45 minute speedboat transfer from Male international airport

Best for: couples and families

Opened: June 2021


Rooms:

Ocean Pool Villas, Lagoon Pool Villas, Beach Pool Villas, 2-bed Water Pool Villa and 2-bed Beach Pool Villa.

Jewel in the crown is the Ritz-Carlton Estate - 1500 square metre oceanfront villa with a private beach, outdoor pool, spa room, full kitchen, private chef and dedicated butler.


Dining: 7 dining concepts are available


La Locanda - Southern Italian flavours

Summer Pavilion - offers small plates of Cantonese cuisine

Iwau - a Japanese restaurant with 2 Teppanyaki grills, sushi bar

Beach Shack - Mediterranean small plates

Eau Bar - beachfront restaurant and bar that serves food all day, including a locall version of afternoon tea

Arabesque - for Lebanese and Indian traditions (managed by the Ritz Carlton)

Tum Tum - an Asian food trailer (managed by the Ritz Carlton)


Resort highlights:

Modern water-front villas, skilled chefs and mixologists, this is a super luxurious resort that provides each guest with a personal butler service. The Ritz Carlton is an eco-friendly resort that mainly operates on solar energy.

More information: https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/maldives-fari-islands

Joali Being

This is a new well-being concept in the Maldives. The main aim is for guests to return home feeling rejuvenated and inspired. On arrival at the retreat (not resort!), each guest receives an in-depth consultation on arrival and a bespoke programme to address any area of concern. Naturopaths, therapists, nutritionists, herbalists and movement specialists are on hand to help with mental clarity, well-being, hormonal balance, women's health, digestive and weight rebalance and restorative sleep.

Where: Bodufushi, Raa Atoll - one of the most northern atolls in the Maldives

Best for: couples and families

Opening: late 2021


Rooms:

68 private beach and water villas. Each has it's own pool and personal butler.

1, 2, 3 or 4 bed villas and residences.


Dining: The retreat offers earth to table concept with fresh, locally harvested foods and sustainably sourced.

Flow - offers vegetarian and ocean-to-table cuisine.

Mojo - the place for lunch and sundown this is also home to their herbal tea lounge.


More information: https://joali.com/

Maldivian island resorts rumoured to be opening in 2021 but launch dates still undisclosed:


The Chedi, Maldives

A 30 minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport has 36 over-water villas and 63 island villas. There will be an all-day dining restaurant, live cooking stations, spa and leisure facilities.


Tolarno, Maldives

Situated at Kunaavashi Resort in Vaavu Atoll which is one of the best diving destinations. Transfer time is a 20 minute flight or 60 minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport. 72 villas which are a mix of beach front, two-storey over-water villas and an over-water Presidential Villa.


Gran Melia, Huravee

This 5 star luxury resort will house 96 villas, 2 presidential suites and a private island. There will be 3 restaurants, bars, cafe, spa and dive centre.

Located in Thaa Atoll it will be a 40 minute speedboat or 15 minute seaplane transfer.


The Address Maldives

From the same stable as the fantastic hotels and residences in Dubai, The Address Madivaru is on the site of the former Banyan Tree Hotel Madivaru. Just a 20 minute seaplane transfer from Male this 5 star ultra luxury resort is set to have stunning house reefs. There will be 80 beach and over-water villas, floating restaurants and lounges, pools and a dedicated kids play area.


First time visitor to the Maldives? Here's some advice on how to navigate Male airport which may be useful.


If you're interested in other hotels that have opened this year, but not necessarily in the Maldives, then you may be interested in our post of the new hotel openings in 2021. We also have a list of the hottest new hotels in 2021 - according to travel lovers.


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